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Sikkim on a tree planting spree

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 8, 2009

GANGTOK, 7 JULY: The Sikkim state government has appealed to every one of its six lakh population to spare at least 10 minutes of their busy schedule on 15 July in planting a tree. The mass programme would begin at 10.30 am. The appeal is in keeping with the state government’s ‘green initiative’ and to make the people environmentally conscious.
To make the unique programme ‘Ten Minutes to Greenery’ effective and successful, plantation would be carried out in all towns, villages, office premises, public premises, schools compound, government offices, public sector undertakings, premises of the Army and Paramilitary Forces and private land of individuals so that every individual participates in the unique plantation programme.
The incomparable programme comes as an inaugural form of the fourth phase of the state ‘green mission’ for the protection of the green wealth of the State.
The state government had launched the ‘Green Mission’ in 2006 to integrate the people with nature and their natural surrounding. The mission also envisages raising seedlings and developing ornamental plants in vacant land.
Commenting on the mission, the Sikkim chief minister Mr.Pawan Chamling said: “I am happy to note that the progress of the last three years has indicated tremendous success with the survival of the seedlings planted along the roads, ridges, vacant land, institutional land and courtyards.”
With the state forest department being the coordinating agency, a host of other programmes have been proposed for the day.

Source: The Statesman

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